February 2009

Late winter offers plenty of hunting; snow geese may be taken through April 30
PRATT -- Abundant numbers of Canada, white-fronted, and snow geese are keeping many waterfowl hunters afield this February. Morning and evening, avid hunters may be found in cut grain fields, decoys arrayed, waiting for giant flocks of geese to leave their ... Read More

Missouri River Bottoms area rich in flora and fauna
ATCHISON -- Benedictine Bottoms is a 2,112-acre wildlife area located along the Missouri River near Atchison. Three habitat types existed in the area before development — timber, native grass, and wetlands — and the area is managed for all three to this day. During construction in 19 ... Read More

2009 statewide summary helps anglers find best spots to fish
Each year, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) prepares a tool that answers every angler's most pressing question: "Where can I find the best fishing?" Called the Kansas Fishing Forecast, this indispensable tool forecasts fishing prospects in public w ... Read More

National and state prizes awarded for students grades 4 through 12
BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. -- Wildlife Forever has announced that the deadline for entry in its 11th Annual State-Fish Art Contest is March 31. Through the contest, students across Kansas and the United States have the opportunity to win national recognition and prizes whi ... Read More

Kansas Forest Service taking orders; shipping begins in March
The Kansas Forest Service’s Conservation Tree Planting Program offers tree and shrub seedlings, as well as other items for use in conservation plantings. Plantings may function as wildlife habitat, windbreaks, woodlots, timber plantations, Christmas tree farms, or other appr ... Read More

Kansas Wildscape and Kansas Park and Recreation Association present awards
Several Kansas state parks and Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) employees received awards at the annual Kansas Recreation and Parks Association (KRPA) Conference held late January in Hutchinson. Charlie Black, executive director of Kansas Wildscape ... Read More

Awards banquet honors 2008 winners
The Kansas Wildlife Federation (KWF) has announced the winners of the 2008 Conservation Awards Program (CAP) honors. Eleven Kansans and two organizations were honored for their work on conservation of the state’s natural resources at the KWF annual meeting and awards banquet March 7 in Manhattan.
D ... Read More

Program designed to expand hunting opportunities; most hunts geared toward youth
This spring, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) will conduct a number of special turkey hunts on public and private lands, as well as state parks. These hunts will offer a more controlled environment with less crowding than might otherwise ... Read More

Fishing prospects, techniques, and locations revealed to anglers who attend
To learn how to catch more fish, attend one of several events hosted by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) in late February. Called "Fishing Information Nights," the events will feature experts on fishing and focus on fishing prospects ... Read More

Season runs through Nov. 1; firearms may not be possessed
Although beaver trapping season runs through March 31, all other Kansas trapping seasons are over for the winter. However, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks reminds hound enthusiasts that the furbearer running season begins March 1. This is the time for furbearer hunte ... Read More

All aspects of shooting sports to be covered; event limited to 45 women
On Saturday, May 9, the Friends of Fancy Creek Range, Inc., will conduct a National Rifle Association Women On Target program, a shooting event for women ages 16 and older. The event will be held from 8 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. at the Fancy Creek Range in
Tuttle Cr ... Read More

Participants to explore prehistoric sites in revival of 1975 first-ever program
Once named by National Geographic Traveler magazine as one of the country's 50 top state parks,
Scott State Park
is known to many Kansans as a place of astounding beauty. For others, it is a place of great historical and archeological significance, part ... Read More

Squirrels abundant in most of Kansas; season ends Feb. 28
February is a down time for many hunters, but one often over-looked game species is abundant and active in Kansas -- the squirrel. But the season ends Feb. 28, and time is running out for those who want to hunt this elusive tree-dweller.
Kansas has two species of squirrels -- ... Read More

Shotgun, other gear, two-day guided hunt go to essay winner; March 14 deadline
The Flint Hills Gobblers Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) is challenging youngsters to write a story and win a two-day guided spring turkey hunt and a new turkey shotgun. In 500 words or less, entrants must answer the question, “If you c ... Read More

All novice turkey hunters are welcome; registration deadline March 12
On March 28, the Flint Hills Gobblers Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation and the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks Hunter Education Program will conduct its 8th Annual Spring Turkey Hunting Clinic. The event will take place at Camp Alexander, near E ... Read More

Lake will be partially drained; summer vegetative growth in lake bed should improve fish habitat
During the summer of 2009, visitors to
Shawnee State Fishing Lake
(8 miles north and 4 miles west of Topeka) will notice a big change. Beginning March 1, local contractors will begin renovating the dam, which is approximately 50 years o ... Read More

Atlas includes maps of all public-access fishing areas
Anglers looking forward to warmer weather will find welcome news in the
2009 Kansas Fishing Atlas
, available for viewing and download from the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks' (KDWP) website. Printed copies will be available soon at most KDWP offices and license vendors ... Read More

Regular season April 8-May 31; special hunts application deadline March 16
The 2009 spring turkey season runs April 8-May 31, and hunters across the state are already making preparations. Turkey permits allow hunters to use a shotgun, crossbow, or bow throughout the regular season. Archery-only and youth/disabled seasons run concurrent ... Read More

KDWP awaiting lab results on more samples from 2008 deer season
Five more Kansas white-tailed deer have been confirmed positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD), bringing to eight the total number of CWD incidents from the 2008 Kansas deer seasons.
The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks is still awaiting final lab results on ... Read More